Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1980-08-19
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- Grateful Dead
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FOBalcony Nak 700's w/shotgun caps>Sony TC-158 MC>DAT>CD; via Mark Lindenbaum; Seeded to etree by Willy
- FOBalcony Nak 700's w/shotgun caps>Sony TC-158 MC>DAT>CD
- Chicago, IL
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Uptown Theater
Subject: Europe '74 x2
@lilrichwhiteboy - sorry I didn't see your post until now! I would have warned you that the sound quality is lacking, though listenable and enjoyable...from my memory, it's about what you've got here. When I said it sounded great, I must have been thinking about hearing the songs, with the crowd energy, and all of that stuff...didn't mean to mislead you. I hope you enjoyed the hunt and the find though, at least!
Subject: My Favorite Opening !!! And A Great Great Show !!!
And the first half of the second is just fabulous. After doing a very competent Rooster, they move right into > China > Rider > Estimated > Eyes...with The Boyz steaming right over you once more. The reproduction is a bit airy, being on the balcony rail. But it is quite a bit better than the copy I've had since '80. No bumps, fades, drop-outs or talking, if I recall. And it's nice having almost the entire show taped straight through. You really feel like you're there. Extremely well recorded under the marginal circumstances. I had never heard of another copy of this show until just a few of years ago... and only after a lot of digging. I was always surprised how rare it was in the community. Before Dick's 5.22.77 SBD pick came along, 8.19.80 was always at the top of my rotation. I am so glad it is now available to everyone. Thanks Mr. Munder and The Archive.
Hey Bro, Terp & Zane - YOU"RE KILLING ME!!! I'd kill for a better copy of this show!!! Would you be interested in trading if you still have it? Or at the very least, review the LP for us to give us folk an idea if that pressing is better than the FOBalcony recording. Curious minds want to know. That LP is impossible to find.
March 18, 2014 update. Found and received the above said mysterious, mislabeled double LP today and gave it a spin. Unfortunately, it isn't what I'd hoped it would be... a DFC FOB. This recording is behind the board, very airy, and a bit muddy though the overall dynamics are good with lots of midrange. In a word, it's crap. So the balcony AUD, which is thinner though much clearer, highlighting the band much better (and pretty good for a balcony recording), is the best we're gonna do for the foreseeable future. So I'm thanking my luck stars for this balcony upload.
Updated Update: Uploaded to BT.ETREE -- FOBalcony Sennheiser 421 > Sony TCD-5M > Nak 550; Patched into Neil (aka Froggy); 24/96 transferred by Richard Stankiewicz.
Having just reviewed both this and Mr. Stan's upload, it's surprising to hear such different recordings if both of them were on the 1st balcony rail since the above Stankiewicz from Etree is much, much fuller and fatter than this Nak 700 version - actually it's similar to the LP but, less muddy in it's reverb. It's a thick, heavy, back-of-the-board sound, like being five foot nothin' slightly below everybody else's heads, dancing in the center isle directly BELOW the mezzanine.
You can tell this Munder upload is definitely way above the crowd on the balcony rail but, the Froggy recording is so totally different in it's capture, it has me scratching my head with the claim that this is on the same rail? The two mics can't be THAT different? Thankfully, the deep reverb isn't too muddy, being such a clean recording and a very low gen. It has a booming, surround-sound feeling with earphones on; and so easy to get lost in when getting through Row Jimmy. You have to be a serious maven of crowd noise and all the clapping, which I am (because there's a lot of it), to love this new recording.
I EQed Froggy's version with a big smiley face configuration, and it helps, slimming down the midrange "boom". The only few down sides are a splice in Althea with a slight three minute drop-out in the right channel just before it; and Froggy's (RIP) cuts in the audience outros on each song, which is unfortunate... and Brent's (RIP) Easy To Love You. This Munder upload has the band up front with more ambience sensitivity.
I love both these captures for their completely different approaches. I guess it's a matter of personal taste which you may prefer. This night has "X" factor written all over it. I can now imagine a really, really clean DFC FOB being like the audio version of heroin, though I've never tried the stuff. I was having so much fun being so totally enveloped in the atmosphere, I drew a few tears in the first thirty minutes. Thanks Richie. Can't wait to hear the 2nd Set if you have it. I'm buying if you ever get into Chicago. email@example.com.
Subject: RE Updated Update: Uploaded to BT.ETREE -- FO Balcony Sennheiser 421 > Sony TCD-5M > Nak 550; Patched into Neil (aka Froggy); 24/96 transferred by Richard Stankiewicz.
Wonderful sound to this 1st set recording, pity the crowd is in the background, the boot has the high energy crowd much nearer to the foreground. A fabulous show.
Will there be a 2nd set?
Some people out there have this Europe 74 boot, is anyone willing to make public??
Many thanks for the upload to etree
The Comes A Time is stellar!! The Playing>CAT>Playing sandwich is a lot better than a $5 footlong, even with banana peppers.
Subject: Easy to Overlook
In a year the featured nearly 30 shows with acoustic sets - 9/2 and 9/6 - this one is easy to slip (through).
Can't add much that has already been mentioned. Break out of Rooster after 15 years; hot Stranger.
Second set is beyond description w/China>Rider, Estimated>Eyes.
**And the Playin>Comes a Time>Playin is fantastic. **
Btw - agree with the reviewer about the whistler. Usually you hear one or two during the quiet parts of Jerry's Ballads. But this person is quite annoying.
Anyway. God Bless and enjoy.
Subject: sound quality
Subject: Europe 1974
1. Red Rooster
2. You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
1. California (Don't Worry About Me)
2. Eyes of the World
1. Playin' in the Band
1. Garcia's Theme
2. Around and Around
3. Alabama Get Away
This show is cookin'...
Subject: Uptown Always Delivers
Anyway, good mix of old and new (i.e., Go to Heaven) in these sets. Stranger blows up and the 1st half of the 2nd set is strong with both the China>Rider and Estimated>Eyes pairings. Entire Playin' in a post-drums position--now that's just crazy!!
Subject: super 80 show
feel like a stranger stands out and the comes a time was indeed very good as expected, cool to hear the first rooster too, like the show ending with a bang on alabama
Subject: 1st show
The Uptown was amazing! That much I do remember!
Subject: Strong second set
Highlights in the first set include Cassidy, Big River, Althea, and the second half of Feel Like a Stranger, which has a nice extended jam.
The second set is the real meat of this show, with a long stretch of songs without breaks, though many of the transitions aren't smooth. The set starts with the debut of Rooster in a rousing performance, a gritty, bluesy rendition, fully mature, as if they'd been playing it for years. There's an exciting transition between China and I Know You Rider. Estimated Prophet is good (as usual in the '77-early '80's period), with an interesting jam at the end. Unfortunately, the jam doesn't go anywhere, and the band abruptly switches to Eyes. Eyes morphs into a long space section before Drums. The Playing->Comes a Time->Playing is interesting, though Comes a Time is more noteworthy than the average Playing. There's another abrupt transition between Around and and Alabama, but the later is a good rocker.
Subject: Comes A Time!!!
Subject: Killer Opening!!!
Subject: Comes a Time When Yoou Have To Download This Show
I been searching for 1980 halfstep->Franklins and this one looks to be the best
Subject: excellent sound and performance
Subject: AHHH My First Show
The room was humming a little too hard.
Lets just say I never did that again after that. And for a year or so wouldnt have needed to anyway. Every time I smoked pot after that I got wicked tracers for a very long time. This show changed me profoundly.
What a show though. Third row, just turned 18. Man life was good. Saw most of the rest of this tour including 7 nights at the Warfield.
Went on to see 200 + shows. Sure do miss it.
I am giving this 5 stars for several reasons.
I think I just spelled them out.
Subject: Comes A Time
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